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Landslide near Dubois a threat to river's flow

Jul 13, 2017 - From staff reports

A landslide on private property upstream of Dubois is currently threatening the Wind River.

Local officials have expressed concern that it could dam up the river, but it now appears that situation is unlikely.

"It's very volatile and very dangerous," Fremont County Sheriff Skip Hornecker said Tuesday.

Hornecker said the landslide is roughly 100 yards long and is creating a constriction in the river.

Dave Pendleton, who heads the county's roads department, said there's now "basically a lake forming behind it."

Pendleton said the landslide was caused when an excessive amount of snow and moisture went into the ground and recharged nearby aquifers.

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